This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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... Stage Manager
... Dr. Gibbs
Atticus Brady ... Joe Crowell / Si Crowell
John Griesemer ... Howie Newsome
... Mrs. Gibbs
... Mrs. Webb
... George Gibbs
Lydia Kelly ... Rebecca Gibbs
Shane Culkin ... Wally Webb
... Emily Webb
Bill Alton ... Prof. Willard
... Mr. Webb
... Belligerent man
Jeff Weiss ... Simon Stimson
Marcell Rosenblatt ... Mrs. Soames
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This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, early in the 20th century. Act 1 presents an ordinary day in the life of the town. Act 2 carries the story forward with the courtship and marriage of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. Act 3 makes everything that has gone before seem pointless, but at the same time, ironically, it validates the earlier scenes. Emily has died while giving birth to her second child. During and after her funeral, she converses with other dead persons in the cemetery. She then gets permission to return briefly to life but finds it's not what she thought it would be. It goes too fast, and people don't have time to look at one another. "This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying." That's how the Stage Manager, an all-knowing character who serves as the ... Written by Wayne 119

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3 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Shown within "Great Performances". See more »

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Emily: My, isn't the moonlight terrible?
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Referenced in Monster in a Box (1992) See more »

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Quite possibly the best version of this play ever filmed.
2 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've seen the William Holden version, and the Robby Benson version, but this OUR TOWN is by far the best. This is the filmed version of the Tony award winning broadway play, filmed simply on a bare stage in New York city, and it really works well. Our school used it as a template for our production! Featuring stellar performances from Spalding Grey, Eric Stoltz and Penelope Miller, this piece will move you and make you laugh- there's a reason this is an American classic. Watch it with your family..


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